Acupuncture is an integral part of Chinese medicine, the original "Holistic Therapy", and as such offers a unique view of the body. A key benefit is that It sees body, mind and emotions forming a whole, and addressing and one of these three must include the other two to regain balance. As an acupuncturist I am able to take the long view of a person's condition and focus on the innate wellness and wholeness of the body. This shifts the view from a problem centred one to a solutions centred one, and then helps build health and wellness based on concrete changes in the persons balance of vitality. This is what I call a "Solutions focussed approach": read more in this blog post.
Acupuncture is a well proven path to treat all manners of pain, be it muscular, arthritic or internal (for instance digestive pain). It is also useful for general pain syndromes where pain is felt throughout the body. For most conditions I am able to add the wonderfully soothing effect of a heat lamp for the area affected, and with that the use of a special warming balm that I actually make right here in the clinic called Purple Dragon Professional Salve this is also available for use at home and can be purchased in the clinic shop online or actually physically at the clinic when you attend your session. Many sorts of musculoskeletal pain, such as knee pain, tennis elbow and sciatica are often referred to an acupuncturist, very often by general practitioners and hospital consultants. Indeed acupuncture has so well embraced by the medical community that doctors and physiotherapists are learning this healing art for themselves. However, as degree educated traditional acupuncture practitioners, we feel that we are best placed to give this treatment form.
Back Pain and Sciatica
The treatment of back pain and/or sciatca with acupuncture is usually quite straightforward. Success is often linked with changes in lifestyle and posture. Some guidelines for exercise will be given if needed. As a rule of thumb the length of treatment is very much connected with the length that the condition has been present for. Back conditions usually split into two types. The first type may be thought of as a long term condition usually not of an excruciating pain level but as a long-term discomfort. Treatment of this long-term back pain (= chronic) is best thought of as a long-term approach, for which I recommend the 8 or 16 week option. The second type is a much more short-term condition and often is characterised by quite extreme levels of pain. Often the first type of back pain was present first, indicating that there was a long time weakness in the area... but this may very commonly give way to the second type. Treatment of this second type of back pain (=acute) usually will require quite extensive treatment with acupuncture, (actually this would also be the case for any kind of treatment for instance physiotherapy) commonly with treatments once or twice a week for at least four weeks. For serious back pain I recommend an 8 week series of treatment, available on the booking page.